On Thursday, President Obama and his administration decided to abstain and not veto a U.N. resolution limiting Israel’s settlements in occupied territories. Following cries of disapproval from both sides, President-elect Donald Trump promises “things will be different” under his presidency.
For years, the U.S. has used its veto power to protect Israel from U.N. policies that would hinder the country’s mobilization and growth against Palestine. Obama’s unexpected move to abstain from the vote broke away from the mounting pressures of U.S. lawmakers and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanting to use the power of the veto. Trump had formally released a statement to also put pressure on using veto power:
“As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”
Counteracting Trump, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power released her own statement on behalf of the Obama administration explaining the “necessary” move:
“One cannot simultaneously champion expanding Israeli settlements and champion a viable two-state solution that would end the conflict. One has to make a choice between settlements and separation.”
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
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